For those of you who haven’t looked to the end of the week yet, this Friday will be September 13. That is, Friday the 13th. And to make everyone a little more nervous it will also be a full harvest moon.
A rare micro "harvest" moon is coming to skies everywhere on Friday the 13th.
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) September 9, 2019
The harvest moon is the largest full moon closest in size to the autumnal equinox. It appears as a large orange circle and received its name because it usually only happens at the beginning of fall.
Not only is it extra creepy because it has landed on Friday the 13th, but the moon’s timing is also quite weird. Most moons rise as early as 50 minutes after the sun sets, but the harvest moon can appear as quickly as 10 minutes after the sun sets.
In Hamilton on Friday, the sun is expected to set around 7:33 pm and the moon will rise just 15 minutes later at 7:47 pm.
So, make sure you get out to see this incredibly rare occurrence because a full harvest moon occurring the same day as Friday the 13th won’t happen again until 2049.
For those of you who aren’t creeped out yet, Friday the 13th and a full moon each carry a lot of superstitious baggage.
Friday the 13th in Western culture is generally seen as a day of bad luck. A full moon is thought to also be a sign of bad luck. And more specifically is thought to make animals behave differently and people act crazy.
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